But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. – Acts 1:8
The day of Pentecost and the arrival of the Holy Spirit upon the church marked the beginning of missions and the identification of every believer as an empowered witness. Jesus was clear that the witness would spread outward from its origin in Jerusalem to the end of the earth. The same mandate echoes in the spirit of every believer today, yet a rising percentage of people in the United States, our origin point, have never heard the Good News. The United States is the nation best-equipped to spread the message to the world, and the world is coming to our nation.
Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth have arrived in our backyard as immigrants from the 10/40 window arrive in Detroit and Hamtramck. They’ve left the spiritual and cultural bars of their own restricted nations where missionaries are not welcome (specifically in Yemen, Iraq, and Bangladesh) and arrived in Detroit and Hamtramck to start a new life. They bring Islam, Hinduism, and Buddism with them, but they also bring ears that have never heard the gospel and hearts that have never felt the touch of Christ. As they hear the gospel and believe, they have the opportunity to return to their own nations with the gospel in their own language and culture. To their governments they are not foreign missionaries or threatening evangelists, they are family. And they can bring Good News.
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. – Acts 5:42
Using the English as a Second Language program as a base, Jonathan follows the early church’s example, proclaiming Jesus in public forums such as English Class and Church services and daily entering the homes of internationals to give them the message of the Good News.
Seeking to literally follow Christ’s example and mandates in Matthew Nine and Ten and Luke Nine and Ten Jonathan proclaims the good news of the Kingdom, praying for the sick and demonstrating God’s goodness through miracles, answered prayer, and a bold witness.